Aventura Mall's custom animated bandshell features moving musicians and singers as well as a "Joy to the World" audio track. Want to see it moving? Click here!
Model Railroad Newsletter December, 2011

Welcome to the December issue of the SMARTT  Newsletter.

As the holiday season approaches and people set up their holiday displays, many will set up a little circle of track around their tree or by a display window. But for some the desire to watch the trains go round lasts all year. Why deprive yourself of the fun a train layout can give you to enjoy with your family year-round? SMARTT  can make that holiday dream come true.

Here in the shop this past month, the Atlas Central Midland, done the SMARTT  way, has had its track completed. Bridge installation and the electrical system is on the way and both should be done before the holidays! Scenery to follow after New Year’s.

Meanwhile, bridges are popping up all over the O-scale masterpiece layout on the other side of the shop. Viaducts, trusses, trestles, and more! More than twenty when we’re finished with over twenty tunnels to match!.


Raymond Potter
Scale Models, Arts, & Technologies, Inc



SMARTT's Super-Animated Holiday Delight Returns

In South Florida, Aventura Mall’s “Aventura Station” train layout returned to the mall for it’s eighth annual appearance. Haven’t seen it yet? Check out the pics and videos here. This year the layout received a facelift with new sparkling white snow.

Picture of the Month

  • Intro/SMARTT News/PicMonth

    by Raymond G. Potter

    Aventura Mall's custom animated bandshell features moving musicians and singers as well as a "Joy to the World" audio track. Want to see it moving? Click here! more

  • Featured News

    Holiday Trains
    by Ray Del Papa

    Last year’s train at St Paul VA The Clinchfield’s CSX Santa Claus Train   The Clinchfield Railroad traversed some of the most impoverished areas of the United… more

  • Things to Ponder When You're Planning Your Model Railroad Layout . .

    by Raymond G. Potter

    nce the track has been laid and operation of the trains is confirmed, it’s time to consider scenery. Earlier we’d… more

  • Workbench Talk

    Roads, The SMARTT Way - A Tutorial
    by Raymond G. Potter

    Realistic road surfaces are attainable and easy! Almost every model railroad has villages and towns spotted across its landscape. What lends an air of reality to these… more

  • Spotlight

    on Movie Magic with Trains
    by Raymond G. Potter

    1895 train crash at Monteparnasse photo from Veteran director Martin Scorsese takes a break from his usual reality-laden subject matter for his newest film, the fantasy “Hugo,”… more

  • Did You Know . . .

    About the Biggest Non-Articulated Steamers Ever Built?
    by Ray Del Papa

    UP 9000 class 4-12-2, the largest non-articulated steam locomotive built in North America. Photo by Yester Year Depot It is a fact the largest non-articulated steam locomotives in North America were the Union Pacific 9000 class, 4-12-2, also… more

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Raymond G. Potter
Director of Creative Services
Scale Models, Arts, & Technologies, Inc.

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